N° 85 (1/2024) – The Philosophy of the City

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Today, approximately 55 per cent of the world’s population lives in cities, and this percentage, according to the UN’s World Urbanization Prospects 2018, is set to grow to 68 per cent in 2050. The future of humanity seems therefore tied to the urban dimension and in the last few decades an increasing attention to the nature of the city has been indeed observed.

Cities are complex entities. It is possible to approach them from a metaphysical and/or epistemological point of view, dealing with questions such as what cities are, whether there are ontological differences between villages, towns, cities, and megacities, whether living in a city changes or not the individual psychology, or what disciplines and which kind of theories can explain urban dynamics and phenomena.

Cities, however, can also be approached keeping in mind their relationships with the environment. In this frame, how conceiving and designing sustainable or green cities become…